One of my problems with services that require invitation or entering your email address in any way is that some of these services filter acceptable domain names. Some of them only accept emails from Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo (plus AOL) and that’s a problem for people like me who don’t use these email services for privacy reasons.

I opened an email account on ProtonMail but some of those services didn’t even accept ProtonMail, one of the most famous secure email services. Service providers should stop filtering domain names and email providers.

Free Software, Free Society

“Necessity is the mother of invention” is probably the best way to start a business. If your product is new to people, you need to make a sense of need for it. I believe in that sentence, however, I believe when we say need, we shouldn’t only think about the need for product.

People have different needs. For example, many people like to be famous, many people like to be rich, many people want political power, etc.

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Général Toussaint Louverture

Few days ago, May 20, was the birthday of Général Toussaint Louverture.

Born 20 May 1743, Louverture was a former slave who would lead the Haitian Revolution that would defeat the French and Spanish colonizers and established the first free, Black republic shortly after his death in 1804. Louverture led the anti-slavery uprising in his country into a war for independence, using his political and military genius against colonial forces led by Napoleon, one of the greatest military commanders of all time.

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Windows box from FSF

Often, a proprietary software company’s silence can speak as loudly
as their latest campaign against a computer user’s right to freedom.
This is the case with Microsoft’s developer-centric “Build” event.
While Microsoft announced a few more welcome additions to its free
software output, it missed the opportunity to demonstrate a real
commitment to user freedom by upcycling its recently abandoned Windows
7 operating system under a free software license.

The predictable failure here fits together well with the
corporation’s complex history of mixed messaging on freedom,
which once compared copyleft to “a virus that gobbles up intellectual
property like a Pac-Man,” and yet now would have you believe
that it “loves [free software].” Our Upcycle Windows 7 petition
has given Microsoft the perfect opportunity to take the next step in
its promotion of free software, to show that its “love” was real. We
are disappointed, but not surprised, that they have ignored this call
from us and thousands of potential users.

Although the petition signatures and “special gift” were signed,
sealed, and delivered safely to their Redmond, WA headquarters, the
FSF has not received any response from a Microsoft representative. Of
course, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the operations of even the
largest companies, but as of yet, we haven’t heard anything from
Microsoft suggesting this was the reason for the lack of response.
They certainly seem to have had the resources to put on a 48-hour
video marathon about proprietary software.

We can only take this to mean that it’s “business as usual” as
far as the corporation is concerned, but things don’t have to remain
that way. And while Microsoft has failed to live up to its own words,
we (and all of our petition signers) aren’t just shouting into the
void. 13,635 free software supporters from around the globe signed the
petition, and the initiative saw more than 6,000 newcomers subscribe
to the monthly Free Software Supporter newsletter.

Of course, this small setback is just another bump in the road in our
fight for a world in which people can use their computers to work,
hack, and play in complete freedom. In this vein, we encourage
everyone Microsoft has left in the lurch to give a fully free
operating system a try. Your friends, colleagues, and loved ones
might be surprised by how free software’s elegance and ease-of-use
continues to improve each day, and you might get your first glimpse of
participating in a collaborative digital community: one in
which your contributions, whether they’re in the form of code,
translations, graphic design, or bug reports, can benefit the
experience of users everywhere. And unlike a certain operating system
from Redmond, we can assure you that GNU/Linux isn’t going anywhere
anytime soon. After all, it powers the Internet!

There’s still time for Microsoft to step up and show its respect for
user freedom, and if they do, we’re ready to give them all the
assistance that they need. We’ll continue to welcome the contributions
Microsoft has been making to various free software programs. It’s not
that we don’t appreciate those. Rather, it’s that they still exist in
a context where the company appears to be trying to get the best of
both worlds — proprietary and free — and they just passed up a huge
opportunity to show their commitment by ending the waffling. But if
they still choose not to, we and every other free software activist
can take consolation in the fact that to deny users freedom is to be
on the wrong side of history.

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I believe we should all work to ensure human rights and freedom of speech. Women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, black rights, workers’ rights, etc. All are human rights. We cannot forget other societies under the pretext of supporting one society.

What I do believe in is that every human being that fights for its rights, is a great soldier and a future maker. The war is not finished. This is a war against those who still can’t accept that slavery is over.

But today’s slavery is different. In today’s world, people are slaves of capitalism. People are slaves of those who believe women are less than men. We see this everyday in our lives.

Women are paid less than men in a same job. Women are still considered housekeepers by default. There’s still silly talks that men don’t have emotions. Workers are still being oppressed by the rich. Many people have sexuality that is not respected.

We should not fight for black rights; we should not fight for LGBTQ rights; what should we do is fighting for humans because we all are humans. Every human being, no matter what its job, sexuality, financial status, color, nationality, ethnicity, etc. is, should be respected and treated fair and equal.

How VPN works

A lot of VPN services advertise their service talking about things that are not true. Or, at least, has been given more importance than it should be. For a lot of people, VPN is useless and they only buy it because they have been targeted with false advertisement.

Here’s why you shouldn’t, or probably should, buy a VPN.

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I, personally, don’t read blogs that don’t provide RSS feeds. I think RSS is not still out of date and well, it’s still the best standard for subscribing to blogs.

RSS feeds make following blogs much easier. You just subscribe to a feed and it’s done. You open your favorite RSS reader and read your favorite blogs.

Please add a RSS feed to your blog. One of the reasons that social networks are popular now is that they provide a way of subscibing to people or topics. You can make your blog popular by providing such ability and that ability is for sure RSS.

I personally use Nextcloud News as my RSS reader but there’s a lot of popular and great tools. Mozilla Thunderbird, for example, is one of the bests I think.